Youtube Download Slowing Down Causing Buffer possible CDN issue

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Amdfantoronto
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Re: Youtube Download Slowing Down Causing Buffer possible CDN issue

Advanced users need access to these settings for multi dwelling units. There are too many users on the same channels
Datalink
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Re: Youtube Download Slowing Down Causing Buffer possible CDN issue

Yup, I hear what you're saying.  At this point, I'll ask @-G- to comment as he knows much more about the XB6 modems.  Once you have used the app or online app to control the modem, you're hooped.  There is a procedure I believe, to break that connection between the modem and any online control capability.  Hopefully @-G- can give you a better idea on this. 



Amdfantoronto
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Re: Youtube Download Slowing Down Causing Buffer possible CDN issue

So my wife’s laptop doesn’t work in the office due to the locked channel configuration. This is now impacting our income due to wfh. I’ve purchased my own router and will be looking to change service providers. I can’t believe what’s happening. I paid a connection fee and upgraded to a more expensive service which now has worse performance than I previously had. I keep being told everyone wants to help. But no resolution is being provided. I’ve made numerous tech requests and spent countless hours on this issue. I’m so disappointed
Datalink
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Re: Youtube Download Slowing Down Causing Buffer possible CDN issue

@Amdfantoronto, if you've purchased your own router and the modem is clearly stuck (defaulted) to channel 44, until you switch services, you can connect the router to the modem via ethernet and set up the router in full router mode, with its firewall running and run your own network behind the router's firewall.  That sets up a double Network Address Translation (double NAT) where the modem is translating incoming data to the required internal IP addresses and ports and the router is doing the same thing.  That isn't ideal, but, if you're not gaming, you should be ok with that until you switch services.  The only caveat is that the router should be physically separated from the modem by a few feet.  The greater the distance, the better, so that both wifi systems can operate without affecting each other.  Once again, that's not ideal, but hopefully it will suffice for now.

 

With the modem on channel 44, set the router to operate on channels 149 to 161.  The lower 5 Ghz channels are restricted to 50 or 200 milli-watts depending on their approval date from Industry Canada.  The 200 milli-watt number is the latest approved power output level.  The upper 5 Ghz channels are allowed to run a maximum of 1 watt, so, that difference in power levels can make a considerable difference in operating range from the modem or router.

 

For a windows based wifi analyzer, download WinfiLite from: https://www.helge-keck.com/

 

Thats probably the best freebie windows based wifi analyzer around these days. Load that onto a wifi laptop or desktop and start the application.  There are selection buttons at the very top to select the 2.4 Ghz channel, 5 Ghz channels or both.

 

Near the right hand side on the second or third row is a wrench symbol for tools.  Select that icon to display the lower display panel.  On that panel, select Spectrum to see the graphical representation of the channel data.

Also, in the upper text data area, select the RSSI column title to sort the data by RSSI.  Repeated selections of that or other column titles will sort the data up or down.  Sort the RSSI column in this case from top to bottom. The RSSI column is the received power level.  That power level runs from 0 at the top to -90 at the bottom, so its a negative scale as you can see by the scale in the lower Spectrum display.

 

With the RSSI column sorted top to bottom, your network should show up at the top of the list.  The next consideration is who else are you competing with, so, even if your network isn't at the top, or is in close competition with another network, the next question is, what other networks are competing with yours, which the channel data and display will show.  If you're in a densly populated area, such as a condo or apartment, its possible that there isn't a good choice for channels as their all occupied, in which case, the question is, in the upper channel area, channels 149 to 161, which offers the least competition.  The presence of other networks will simply result in a reduction in data rates as everyone on that channel is sharing transmit time.

 

Note, fwiw, there is a gap between channel 48 and 149.  Those are the Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) channels which are shared with airport weather radar systems.  You can use those channels but, the router has to look out for any received weather radar transmissions and change channels automatically if a weather radar is detected on that channel.  If you happen to have a fairly modern laptop or desktop wifi system, you can use those DFS channels.  The plus side, there probably isn't anyone in those channels, so, you would be on your own and have full use of the available bandwidth.  The down side, the output power is limited to 250 milli-watts, so, higher than the lower 5 Ghz channels, but not as high as the upper 5 Ghz channels.  It might not reach your office.

 

Here's a reference to the channel spectrum in Canada:

 

https://www.semfionetworks.com/blog/5ghz-regulations-in-canada-2018-update

 

Note that the output power for the lower 5 Ghz channels on that chart is wrong.  The limitation is 200 mw.  So, looking at that chart, if you tried channels 52 to 116, or 132 to 144, they should work.  Only way to find out is to try it. If the router never changes channels, you win.  If the router wifi shuts down and changes to another channel, which could take two to three minutes, this might not work for what you need it for.

 

So, its either it works, or it doesn't.

 

For those devices that don't support DFS channels, they will appear to connect with the router, but, they simply won't have internet access.  They'll just sit there, trying to fool you into thinking that it works.

 

For more details on DFS channels, here's another post to have a look at:

 

https://communityforums.rogers.com/t5/Internet/CODA-4582-Open-Issues-for-Investigation/m-p/397331#M4...

 

Hope this helps.



Amdfantoronto
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Re: Youtube Download Slowing Down Causing Buffer possible CDN issue

Thanks I already had it on channel 100 as mentioned. The firmware undid everything I had set for years. I want to bridge the Rogers modem for now and completely eliminate any firewall or wireless from the Rogers modem. To confirm, bridging it will do that correct?
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Re: Youtube Download Slowing Down Causing Buffer possible CDN issue

Bridging the modem will kill the firewall but it won't kill the wifi.  There will still be wifi networks transmitted by the modem which you should be able to see using a wifi analyzer.  So, in theory, the modem's wifi channel might not change when you kick it over to Bridge mode, or if it does, it will probably stay within the lower channel range given that its running on Rogers "Auto" (no user controls here) mode.  If that's the case, then running a DFS channel or one of the higher 5 Ghz channels on the router should be ok.  Don't discount running one of the high 5 Ghz channels even if there is competition in that channel range.  The difference in power levels allows the router and user device to run higher data modulation schemes, which increases the data rates.  So, even with time sharing of the channels due to multiple users, you might still be further ahead by selecting one of the high channels.  You really have to run a test:  if the router is set for channel 100, run a wifi speed test with the test device located at its usual work location.  Then, change the channels to an appropriate high 5 Ghz channel and run another speed test.  The only way to find out what will result from the combination of changes in power level and any channel sharing is to run a speedtest on the selected wifi channels.  Also consider playing with the channel bandwidth, trying both 40 or 80 Mhz,



ALEX15
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Re: Youtube Download Slowing Down Causing Buffer possible CDN issue

Aside from using a VPN, is there no way to bypass Roger's youtube servers? I am so sick of the constant buffering and having to use a VPN just to watch stuff on YouTube.

 

This used to mainly just affect 4K content on YouTube, however now during peak hours it's literally impossible to watch regular 720p/1080p content without a VPN because it's constantly buffering. 

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@Datalink wrote:

Yup, I hear what you're saying.  At this point, I'll ask @-G- to comment as he knows much more about the XB6 modems.  Once you have used the app or online app to control the modem, you're hooped.  There is a procedure I believe, to break that connection between the modem and any online control capability.  Hopefully @-G- can give you a better idea on this. 


I'm not 100% certain about this but Rogers may now be enabling the Ignite WiFi Hub for ALL new Ignite Internet customers.  I'm also seeing reports from others here that performing a factory reset on the XB6 no longer severs the link to the WiFi Hub.  I don't think that this was meant to take control away from users but rather to make configuration easier.  You may also find that https://www.rogers.com/ignitewifi/ provides more configuration options than the mobile app.  However, keep in mind that as soon as you add Pods into the mix, most of the WiFi configuration options are no longer available.



AccordXTC
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Re: Youtube Download Slowing Down Causing Buffer possible CDN issue

We went from talking about YouTube Rogers issue to WiFi. WiFi or wired these YouTube issues are present. My Ignite box is hardwired YouTube buffers, my Sony XBR65X900H is wired and still buffers using its YouTube app, my Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is WiFi using Eero Pro and it buffers.

 

 

futurelgcy
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Re: Youtube Download Slowing Down Causing Buffer possible CDN issue

@AccordXTC That's why i hardly even participate in this forum like before about this youtube problem my friend. Like i get we're trying to help one another etc but over the years i don't think certain users understand the destruction of them trying to help with certain issues. That's why the rogers employees who gets paid for these job doesn't even pay us no mind at all and go by enjoy the revenue we pay them for a non functional service. I'm on a gigabit connection and can't even watch a 4k video #DISGRACEFUL!